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Crystal Bats – “Killing Me” (feat. Whinnie Williams)

28 Jul

From the opening snap of the Prince-like drumbeat (think “If I Was Ur Girlfriend”, just slowed down) you know that Crystal Bats are about to take you somewhere magical. As the bassline grooves slinkily into play, you’re already lost in a heady soft-focus world of glorious retro pop-funk sounds.

We had to wait three years for their last track, ”Anyone”, but thankfully it has only been four short months for the follow up. Enlisting the vocal and co-writing talents of Whinnie Williams on “Killing Me” only serves to add another layer of luxuriousness to their already sumptuous offerings.

It’s awash with trademark Bats nuances and flourishes, the guitar lines, the tumbling of the melody, all melt in the mouth delicious as always. There’s even some pan pipes in there towards the end. Whinnie’s vocal is dreamy and forlorn with a hint of Crazy Sexy Cool era TLC about it. Simply put, it sounds divine. A smooth, slow-jam-disco-groove, the whole thing is sipping champagne on a boat at sunset gorgeous.

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Crystal Bats – “Anyone”

14 Mar

It’s been over three years since we last heard from the boys of Crystal Bats when they released the smooth 80s sounds of “Falling In Love”. Since then there has been relative radio silence from the pair, though we know they’ve been working with other artists and on other projects. In all honesty, we weren’t sure we would ever hear from them again but they have emerged once more from within the dense fog of dry-ice that they surely inhabit.

Their new track (which we hope is the start of a lot more music from the duo) “Anyone”, picks up where we left off but with added maturity, sophistication and a dash more drama.

The 80s influence we loved so much is still very much to the fore and “Anyone” sounds like it could be part of the soundtrack from a buddy cop movie. It’s easy to imagine our hero walking the streets, late at night, wracked by the inner turmoil of whether to go against his captain’s order to save his friend (he will).

The vocal is soft and elegant, the synths and guitar lines subtly emotional and smooth and then there is the Prince like wail of a power solo towards the end to top it all off. It’s so delicious you’ll be pulling your jacket sleeves up to your elbows and hastily growing your designer stubble before you know it.

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Listen: Crystal Bats – “Arabella”

5 Nov

While drawing inspiration from and paying homage to 80’s music remains very much in fashion these days (did anyone really think it would last this long by the way?) there is one sub-genre that hasn’t really been touched. Yacht Rock.

For those of you too young to remember or just not who were blissfully unaware at the time, Yacht Rock was the term for a smooth, occasionally cheesy, kind of music that was popular with yuppies (Google it youngsters) and the like in the early 80s. So called because it was the kind of music the upwardly mobile would play while cruising around on their yacht, artists branded as Yacht Rock included Kenny G, the Doobie Brothers, and Steely Dan.

With that in mind it is unsurprising that anyone has really used it as inspiration for their music in this ultra-modern digital age. Except they have. Enter Crystal Bats, a Norwich duo (they have a full band for live shows) who are currently generating a bit of a buzz in the region and beyond and whose latest single, “Arabella”, features cat-soft vocals and smooth, creamy synths and guitars. It wouldn’t sound out of place on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City but cheesy it is not.

The duo, two Wills (Jones and Vaughan), are as impeccably attired and coiffured as the craftsmanship and consideration that goes into the music. “Arabella” is ice-cream soft and just as lovely. Not the cheap vanilla block in a box that your Gran would trot out after Sunday lunch, the expensive kind your Mum would only ever buy when she was trying to impress people you didn’t know very well.

The video, which you can see here, perfectly captures the style and aesthetic of the era the two Wills have drawn on for inspiration. Kudos to director Charlotte Rutherford for embracing the kitsch, keeping it fun, and not making it look like a full-on parody.

“Arabella” is out today (5 Nov) and is available from all the usual digital outlets, including the Crystal Bats Bandcamp page.

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